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Your Photocopier May ReWrite Your Documents Incorrectly

     
1:47 pm on Aug 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Oh, not good news. If it's been happening for a while, it could be storing up lots of frustration to come.

It's already been bad enough knowing that many copiers store clones of your documents on the hard disk. Remember to thoroughly delete that before you dispose of the copier.


Photocopiers made by Xerox are changing numbers on documents, a German computer scientist has discovered.

David Kriesel found that copies he made of construction plans had altered room dimensions.

Other users have replicated the problem, which has been blamed on faults with compression software used by several Xerox models.

The company has not yet issued a fix for the problem, but it told the BBC it was preparing a statement.

Mr Kriesel said he worried that numbers could be altered on invoices and other important documents.Your Photocopier May ReWrite Your Documents Incorrectly [bbc.co.uk]
1:59 pm on Aug 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

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worried that numbers could be altered on invoices and other important documents

Like Xerox's annual revenue reports? ;)

David Kriesel found that copies he made of construction plans had altered room dimensions.

Now if they could hook up a voice box to a Xerox machine... "Dave, I changed the dimensions on your construction plan. I really don't think your master bath needs to be that excessive."
3:07 pm on Aug 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

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That sounds worse than my DTP software which deconstructs and reformats PDF files when I insert them into a publication.
 

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